Ep. 8: Pipeline Politics & Resistance in British Columbia! #StopKinderMorgan
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Ep. 8: Pipeline Politics & Resistance in British Columbia! #StopKinderMorgan

We're excited to share an episode that delves into current politics and legal issues of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipelines!

Brenna sat down with Eugene Kung and Gavin Smith of West Coast Environmental Law to break down what the future of TransMountain expansion looks like -- particularly in the wake of the Federal Court of Appeal's ruling that the Canadian government failed to meaningfully consult communities on Northern Gateway.

Also featured in this episode is Peter McCartney, climate campaigner with the Wilderness Committee in Vancouver. Tune in to hear his thoughts on Kinder Morgan consultations, Canada's climate targets, as well as the proliferation of Liquified Natural gas (LNG) projects in BC.

Northern Gateway was approved in 2014 by a National Energy Board (NEB) in the pocket of Stephen Harper's government. As it turns out, the gutting of environmental assessment and protection in 2012 resulted in essentially meaningless consultations, and contributed to the pipeline being quashed in the courts last month. Learn more about the decision: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/northern-gateway-pipeline-federal-court-of-appeal-1.3659561

On the campaign trail in 2015, Justin Trudeau promised to overhaul the NEB and apply new, more rigorous consultations to new *and existing* pipeline proposals. However, Kinder Morgan's TransMountain expansion was approved under a largely unchanged NEB in May 2016. Further consultations have begun and will stretch into the fall, but both our guests on this episode and community advocates have expressed skepticism. A Burnaby-area MP suggested that the consultations are a "smoke screen" as the government seeks social license for a pipeline it will support in any case: http://www.burnabynow.com/news/feds-announce-new-panel-for-kinder-morgan-pipeline-1.2256258

Check out these links for more information:



For more information on the Wilderness Committee and West Coast Environmental Law's work resisting these projects, visit:




Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust campaign to stop the expansion of the Kinder Morgan pipeline: http://twnsacredtrust.ca/

This episode was recorded and produced in Vancouver, BC, on the unceded territories of the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish ), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples.

Feel free to email Marsha and Brenna at [email protected] with comments or questions. Thank you for listening!

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